A bus crash in Palm Springs California took the lives of 13 people including the bus driver and injured 31 others, many seriously. The casino bus, which was traveling along Interstate 10, rammed the rear of a tractor trailer without any sign of slowing down. The National Transportation Safety Board is investigating the cause of the crash.
Jim has represented dozens of individuals from numerous bus accidents, including the two injured victims from the first USA Holiday bus accident which occured on June 27, 2003. Jim eventually litigated that case and settled the case for a confidential seven figures.
Recently released safety data from the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration readily reveal that, regardless of what serves as the primary catalyst in a given accident involving a large commercial vehicle and a smaller passenger vehicle, the outcome is all too often the same.
Many of our readers across Ventura County and other parts of Southern California who are of a certain age might have been regular bus riders to and from school in their youth.
Some people might believe that bus accidents are singular in the sense that the ability of injured victims to file recovery lawsuits is circumscribed simply because a bus was involved.
A wrongful death personal injury case that Greyhound Lines Inc. thought it had won in a California superior court was given new life and a green light to proceed late last month when a state appellate court reversed the lower court's ruling that had favored the national bus company.
It was a truly tragic bus accident, marked by a sheer dichotomy in which both nothing was learned and much was learned, respectively.
We share the roads every day with school and tour buses, taxis and trucks. While operators of these vehicles are expected to comply with the very same rules of the road as other motorists, they actually have a greater obligation to drive safely. This is because they fall under a specific category of vehicles called "common carriers."